United States warns citizens of arbitrary exit bans in China

United States warns citizens of arbitrary exit bans in China

Canadian newspaper, the Globe and Mail, reported that China had detained 13 Canadians since Meng's arrest. Meng's case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process.

The thirteen include former diplomat Michael Kovrig and consultant Michael Spavor, arrested on December 10, for activities said to threaten national security, as well as Sarah McIver, who was subsequently freed and returned to Canada.

Their detentions followed the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who was held in Vancouver at the request of United States prosecutors on December 1.

Earlier on Thursday, China's top prosecutor said the two Canadians had "without a doubt" violated the law.

What is odd is that the Canadian government has issued no such travel warning for Canadians despite the tourism minister cancelling her visit there last month, and it is our citizens who are being detained. He said, "It is not convenient to disclose more information now". "The U.S., however, has recently used various excuses to conduct gratuitous inspections and create obstacles for Chinese citizens entering the U.S".

That's exactly what the members of the Canada-China Legislative Association say they will do when they arrive in China on Saturday, said Conservative MP Michael Cooper.

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"But they know this as well as I do", he said.

"So it's very hard to imagine that it's anything that he was doing or the organization was doing that triggered China's unhappiness".

The united message, being delivered publicly and privately to China, is that the continued detentions are harmful to China because they will discourage businesspeople, academics and others from travelling to the country, said Malley. She says Kovrig and Spavor's rights are being respected in custody.

Beijing has only given vague details about the detention of the two Canadians, and hasn't drawn a direct link to Meng's arrest.

The US State Department issued a warning to Americans thinking of travelling to China that they could face "coercive" exit bans employed by Beijing as the countries continue to face off over trade, the Financial Times reports.

In an updated advisory released on Thursday, the State Department kept China at Level 2 - the same as 2018 - "due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual US-Chinese nationals". Cooper said that, if there were concerns about safety, the group would not be going.

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